This evening we went to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to see “ Bluegrass at the Ryman”. The Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church Of Country Music and the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, is sacred to the history of country music, and was the site of the founding of the style called “Bluegrass” by Bill Monroe. The bill this evening was Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, with Nothin’ Fancy and Williams & Clark Expedition. Wow! This was an Opry-like show, with lots of country humor, lots of great bluegrass pickin’, playin’, and jammin’. It was just great. I actually preferred the first two acts to the headliner, primarily because the headliner did more gospel tunes. Being Jewish, I can only take so many songs about Jesus before my mind wishes the Lizards were singing!
Still, it was a really great show. You could tell that these bluegrass artists were a family from they way they spontaneously jammed with the other artists on the bill (the final jam was spectacular). There was also a special surprise artist who happened to be backstage, Bobby Osborne of the Osborne Brothers. They also played and interacted with the audience. There was also more the radio show feel of the show, as there was the commercial for the opening sponsor and for the sponsor of Ms. Vincent’s tour, a southern baked good manufacturer. I think it was an excellent introduction to bluegrass and country music.
So, what’s coming up on our theatre calendar? When we return, it is “Jersey Boys” at the Ahmanson Theatre on 7/15 @ 7:30pm; “Can-Can” at The Pasadena Playhouse on 7/28 at 8:00pm; “Beauty and the Beast” at Cabrillo Music Theatre on 8/4 @ 2:00pm, and the DCI 2007 World Championship Finals in Pasadena on 8/11 @ 5:00pm . I’ve also ordered season tickets for the Ahmanson, as discussed here. We’re also planning to get tickets to “Zanna Don’t” at the West Coast Ensemble (waiting for them to show on Goldstar). We’re also debating the Hollywood Bowl… in particular, possibly Bernstein/Copland/Gershwin on 8/2, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 8/24-25, or American Originals on 9/11.